Conformal Cooling Solution TruCool
Complete and Isolated Thermal Control
Milacron Holdings Corp. announced that its DME product brand, a leader in mold components, molding supplies and industrial supplies, has partnered with Linear AMS (a Moog Company) to offer metal 3D printed Conformal Cooling products to help improve productivity in the molding industry.
TruCool is the new DME line of products designed to help moldmakers and molders with their mold cooling. DME’s Conformal Cooling solutions utilize a cutting edge, direct metal laser melting 3D printing process to produce highly complex cavities, cores, and components with conformal cooling channels. The process achieves shapes, paths, and channel geometries impossible to obtain with conventional tooling.
The Conformal Cooling solution places cooling channels at the optimal distance from the mold surface, consistently following the geometric shape of any mold insert for any customer part, allowing the mold to maintain a targeted, consistent temperature that allows for complete thermal control with cooling times reduced up to 100 percent. According to DME, this technology also allows for conformal venting solutions for those hard to reach areas of trapped gases, when requested by the molder.
The DME TruCool Conformal Cooling solution starts with a detailed review of the moldmakers and/or molders’ requirements and with the use of advanced 3D CAD modeling and F.E.A. software the DME technology team can simulate the most life like and optimized cooling channels. The result allows for complex cooling channels with greater overall coverage, even distribution of cooling and the ability to provide individual insert temperature control.
The DME/Linear AMS process uses advanced Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) technology, which is extremely dense and stronger when compared to direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). This allows for lighter weight solutions with improved performance characteristics to create complex shapes and improved reliability. The moldmaker receives their Conformal Cooling (and/or venting) optimized mold cavity or core according to the specification of their 3D model with a hardness up to 56HRC with an additional +.025” rough metal to allow them to finish the cavity or core’s part surface to their own specifications. Every Conformal Cooling solution is material, flow and pressure tested to ensure quality, each time, before shipment.
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